Opening week has already been a busy one in the ACC. We saw NC State open the season with a shutout victory over Presbyterian at Ft. Liberty on Wednesday and North Carolina opened their year with three duals at home, going 2-1, dropping a back-and-forth dual to Oregon State. We will see the rest of the conference teams in action on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The Blue Devils will kick off the season with a West Coast swing for three duals. They will face Cal Poly and Rutgers on Friday, followed by a Saturday afternoon dual against Stanford. We have received this as the projected lineup for the Blue Devils:
125: Logan Agin
133: Raymond Adams
141: Peter Chacon
149: Jarred Papcsy
157: Logan Ferrero / Nick Tattini
165: Gaetano Console / Aidan Wallace
174: Jack Wimmer
184: Conor Becker
197: Kwasi Bonsu
285: Connor Barket
The Tar Heels hosted the Carolina Duals to open the year, beating Queens 41-10 and Greensboro College 48-3 before dropping an exciting dual to Oregon State 24-13. I will have a full breakdown of the duals in the weekly wrap-up next week. A couple big highlights from the day were Spencer Moore knocking off #11 Brandon Kaylor and #3 Lachlan McNeil picking up a ranked win with a major decision over #20 Cleveland Belton.
The Tar Heels will be back in action against Buffalo and Arizona State next week and will be sending a small contingent to the Southeast Open this weekend.
North Carolina State:
The Wolfpack made a statement in their opening dual at Ft. Liberty against Presbyterian, showcasing their depth of talent in a 48-0 route of the Blue Hose. They sent several younger wrestlers - many from North Carolina - out to the mat in the airplane hangar in the opening event of the NCAA season that was hosted on UFC Fight Pass.
Coach Popolizio’s crew will have a quick turnaround with a trip to Boone to face in-state foe Appalachian State on Friday night. App State does a fantastic job creating a rowdy environment for their duals, and this one should be extra rowdy with a large contingent of fans making the trip from Raleigh. We will get our first glimpse of most of the NC State lineup against the Mountaineers.
125 #12 Jakob Camacho vs. Chad Bellis
133 #5 Kai Orine vs. Ethan Oakley
141 #9 Ryan Jack vs. Kaden Keiser
149 #7 Jackson Arrington vs. #25 Cody Bond
157 #5 Ed Scott vs. #20 Tommy Askey
165 #33 AJ Kovacs vs. Will Miller
174 #22 Alex Faison vs. Luke Uliano
184 #29 Dylan Fishback vs. Tomas Brooker
197 #5 Trent Hidlay vs. #31 Carson Floyd or Gunnar Pool
285 #8 Owen Trephan vs. Jacob Sartorio
The Panthers will send a large group, including many starters, to the Clarion Open on Sunday to open the season. There will be some tough competition this year-Ohio State is sending nearly their full lineup as well as ranked wrestlers from multiple teams. It will be a great way to see where Pitt stands against solid competition to start the season.
The Hoos will send a very large contingent down I-81 to the Southeast Open (always the Hokie Open in my heart) to compete in the Open division and the freshman/sophomore division. They had a lot of success last year from their redshirts, so I’m interested to see how they perform in the Open division.
The Hokies will be hosting the Southeast (Hokie) Open this weekend and will have a large contingent of wrestlers competing, including about half of their projected starters. They have a top-10 dual in Blacksburg next week and will only be sending out wrestlers who are fully healthy.